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The Monday roundup is your handy little guide to everything movie related. Including the best of the weekend’s news, what’s new on DVD & Blu-Ray & what you can look forward to at the cinema this week.

News

  • Zack Snyder is set to direct the finally confirmed Justice League movie for Warner Bros. Snyder is also set to direct the sequel to last years Man Of Steel, which is currently titled Batman Vs Superman. Warner Bros. are apparently in the mood to get the Justice League movie out as soon as possible and are looking at shooting both movies back to back, which would see Batman Vs Superman released in 2016 with Justice League out worldwide in 2017. Warner Bros. clearly have a lot of faith in Snyder, as the Justice League movie would be his third DC related project for the studio.
  • In other DC related news, actor Ray Fisher has landed the role of Cyborg in Batman Vs Superman. Cyborg adds to the ever-expanding list of heroes set to feature in the Man Of Steel follow-up, and will star alongside Henry Cavill (Superman), Ben Affleck (Batman) and Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman). Cyborg is a Robocop like character who wears a metal suit to stop him from dying after he is attacked at STAR Labs by a monster from another dimension.
  • Steven Spielberg will direct the big screen adaptation of The BFG novel for Dreamworks‘. The Roald Dahl novel will be brought to the big screen with the help of screenwriter Melissa Mathison, who also penned E.T. The Extra Terrestrial. Dreamworks‘ plan to have the movie released in 2016, but Spielberg must first finish his Tom Hanks starring Cold War drama, which tells the true story of James Donovan, an attorney who fought for the release of pilot Gary Powers from the old Soviet Union after his U-2 airplane was brought down over enemy territory.
  • The ever popular Friday The 13th franchise is now moving to the small screen with a TV adaptation on the way. The show will re-imagine serial killer Jason Voorhees in differing time periods, linking back to his family and how he came to be at Camp Crystal Lake. Whether this has the legs for more than a couple of seasons remains to be seen.
  • The Other Woman (yawn) has finally dislodged Captain America: The Winter Soldier from the number one spot at the US box office. The Cameron Diaz comedy took $24.7 million in its first week of release, while Marvel’s latest effort took just over $16 million in its fourth week at the cinema, and which takes its total domestic haul to over $224 million. Heaven is for Real  dropped one place to third, after earning another $13.8 million. Rio 2 also dropped one place to fourth, and netted another $13.6 million on its third week of release. The only other new entry in the top five was Paul Walker’s final film Brick Mansions which earned $9.6 million.

DVD/Blu-Ray Picks Of The Week

A strong week for home releases see’s a wide variety of movies released. Among the most popular this week will surely be Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, while American Hustle, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom and All Is Lost are also released. Nymphomaniac Volumes 1 & 2 complete this weeks releases.

Video Of The Day

Batman Beyond has been a show I’ve wanted to get into for a while now. The show was a sequel of sorts to the very successful Batman The Animated Series, which ran during the 90’s, and featured a new Batman in the form of Terry McGinnis who took over the cowl from a retired Bruce Wayne. This animated short features both Bruce Wayne and Terry McGinnis in a short film to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Dark Knight. Enjoy.

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